smart cities

Urban performance is no longer just dependant on a city's hard infrastructure – its 'physical capital' - but increasingly on the availability and quality of communication and social resources. 

The concept of a ‘smart city’ is now being used to describe modern urban competitiveness and highlight the growing importance of social and environmental capital in profiling the attractiveness of a city.

Certain enablers play a key role in this debate, such as information and communication technologies (ICTs) and a move towards an efficient use and consumption of energy.

We are working to integrate different aspects of the current debate. In our view, a smart city must be a good place to live, offering the best possible quality of life with the lowest possible use of resources.

Our work supports developments towards a healthy, energy-efficient city that uses renewable energy sources as much as possible, and is a pioneer in the deployment of advanced smart and ICT-based technologies.

A smart city is also an inclusive place, using technology and innovative solutions to improve social inclusion and combat poverty and deprivation.

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

2018 URBACT City Festival: new cities welcomed!

Europe’s cities are invited to come to Lisbon on 13-14 September 2018 for the 2018 edition of the URBACT City Festival. Registrations extended for new cities until 15 July.

news

publication date: 06-07-2018

  •  knowledge society

Energy Horizon 2020 - Info Day

The Horizon Energy info day will take place on Friday 5 October in Brussels, in the Charlemagne building. It will present the upcoming funding opportunities offered by the EU's Horizon 2020 Programme to projects focusing on smart energy systems and smart cities and communities concepts.

event

start date: 05-10-2018
end date: 05-10-2018

  •  knowledge society

United 4 Smart Sustainable Cities launches new expert groups on blockchain and the impact of frontier technologies

​"A smart sustainable city is an innovative city that uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) and other means to improve quality of life, efficiency of urban operation and services, and competitiveness, while ensuring that it meets the needs of present and future generations with respect to economic, social, environmental as well as cultural aspects”.

news

publication date: 28-06-2018

  •  knowledge society

KSF Policy update: review of the Public Sector Information directive

Public sector information is a large source of information in the EU and a critical asset for the development of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.

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publication date: 15-06-2018

  •  mobility

Apply now for the CIVITAS Awards 2018

Europe's top sustainable urban mobility awards are open for applications. Towns and cities have until 13 July 2018 to submit their entries and be in with a chance of winning a prestigious prize for their clean urban transport initiatives.

news

publication date: 14-06-2018

  •  mobility

Apply now for the CIVITAS Awards 2018

Europe's top sustainable urban mobility awards are open for applications. Towns and cities have until 13 July 2018 to submit their entries and be in with a chance of winning a prestigious prize for their clean urban transport initiatives.

news

publication date: 14-06-2018

  •  knowledge society

EIP-SCC General Assembly

The EIP-SCC General Assembly is taking place from 27-28 June 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

event

start date: 27-06-2018
end date: 28-06-2018

  •  knowledge society

Espoo awarded 2018 Intelligent Community of the Year

"Espoo's holistic philosophy of humanizing every aspect of its technology and teaching innovation as a way of life was extremely impressive. Espoo's citizen engagement rates are extremly high, which democracies needs, and its economic output speaks for itself.", said ICF co-founder Lou Zacharilla

news

publication date: 08-06-2018

  •  mobility

Register now for EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2018

This year's campaign for sustainable mobility is taking multimodal transport as its theme and calling all cities organising activities between 16-22 September to register them online now.

news

publication date: 08-06-2018

  •  knowledge society

EUROCITIES forum leaflet 2018 - knowledge

A leaflet featuring the activities of EUROCITIES knowledge society forum

publication

publication date: 07-06-2018